Stephen Thomson, Associate Professor at the City University of Hong Kong wrote an article on “The Public Sector Ombudsman in Greater China: Four ‘Chinese’ Models of Administrative Supervision”, which was published in the Journal of International Law of Penn Law, the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Wodonga Council collected at least $18 million in extra revenue from its waste management levy over the past decade, using the surplus to fund other council services, the Ombudsman has found. Tabling her Investigation into Wodonga City Council’s overcharging of a waste management levy in the Victorian Parliament today, Ombudsman Deborah Glass said about 70 per cent of the revenue raised through the charge had been spent on waste-related services. Nearly a third had been spent on other council services, such as the maintenance of parks, gardens and other council activities.
The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Azerbaijan submitted her 2017 Annual Report to the state authorities, namely the country President, Parliament, Cabinet of Ministers, and Constitutional as well as Supreme Court and to the Prosecutor General in conformity with Article 14 of the Constitutional Law on Ombudsman.
IOI President and Irish Ombudsman Peter Tyndall welcomed the Minister for Justice and Equality’s announcement that it will move forward on implementing the recommendations following the investigation into how the Department of Justice and Equality administered the Magdalen Restorative Justice scheme. The report of his investigation, Opportunity Lost, was critical of how the Department administered the scheme, including how some women who worked in the Magdalen laundries have been wrongly refused access to the scheme.

 

La Defensoría de Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes de Santa Fe, a cargo de Analía Colombo, renovó este martes su compromiso de trabajo con UNICEF Argentina. Con una recorrida por las instalaciones de la nueva sede en Rosario –que entró en funcionamiento en enero pasado– el organismo provincial reafirmó el eje de su labor para promover la protección de los derechos de niñas, niños y adolescentes.
The total number of complaints delivered in 2017 to the Ombudsman was 8,191. People increasingly turn to the Ombudsman's Office with their problems in the sphere of social security and also number of complaints concerning work and employment increased by 39 percent.
IOI President and Irish Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall hosted a conference to mark 20 years of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) in Ireland on Friday 13 April in Dublin.  The half-day conference reflected on the impact of FOI in Ireland and its contribution to the reform of the public service.
British Colombia’s Ombudsperson Jay Chalke released Special Report No. 40, Holding Pattern: Call Wait Times for Income and Disability Assistance on April 17, 2018. Holding Pattern is the report of the Ombudsperson’s systemic investigation into the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction’s centralized telephone system and its impact on the applicants and recipients of income and disability assistance.
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) published the new three-year strategy. Central to this is the institution's goal to become an exemplary Ombudsman service. In developing this new strategic plan, it has received valuable input both from staff and a wide range of stakeholders.
The Ombudsman, Ms Connie Lau, held a press conference on April 17 to announce the results of two direct investigations, namely “Water Supplies Department’s Maintenance of Government Water Mains and Risk Management” and “Government Departments’ Handling of the Problem of Air-conditioner Dripping”.